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Mancipia July/August, 2012

Mancipia July/August, 2012

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Our two recent rst Holy Communicants. They received OurLord on May 20, the Sunday of the May Crownings.
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• The Report of the Crusade of Saint Benedict Center •
July/August 2012
 W 
ithin the last ortnighto this writing, I n-ished reading
Te Pope’s Legion,
Charles Coulombe’s book on the
Papal Zouaves 
. Besidesbeing intelligently written andenjoyable, the book inspires, be-cause the subject matter is itsel ediying. Te Pontical Zouaves were Blessed Pius IX’s oreignlegion, who ought to deend the Papal States rom the anticleri-cals and revolutionaries that united the Italian peninsula alongthe lines o Freemasonic, Enlightenment thinking. Ultimately,o course, the Zouaves lost. Not only that, but the vast majority o causes that many o the Zouaves ought or ater the “pope’slegion” were disbanded also lost. Tese would include the causeso France’s Henry V (supported by the Legitimists) and Spain’sCarlos VII (whom the Carlists supported).Moreover, “Te Catholic political parties and organizationsthat the Zouaves had been instrumental in creating have eitherolded or were transormed into groups that would be unrecog-nizable to their ounders. Indeed, the philosophies o govern-ment and humanity that they ought against in peace and warare completely triumphant; save or aew small counties and some relatively tiny groups, the views o the Zouavesare not merely rowned on but utterly oreign to most people today” (
Te Pope’s Legion
pg. 213). All this would surely qualiy theZouaves or membership in the list o history’s “lost causes.” As Americans, we love a winner. We may also love the underdog, but we love him
as a winner 
. Te under-dog that perpetually remains a loseris, well…
a loser 
. Few o us have thepatience to hitch our wagon to a causethat does not look like it will win within our lietime, so the vast major-ity o us go along with the dominantculture around us, which continues totrample on the world’s great lost causesand ensures that they remain lost.Beore I nish these lines, I hopeto give a list o convincing reasons why  we Catholics should love lost causes,not or purely romantic or poetic rea-sons, but as a matter o prudence. First,though, I would like to make somegeneral considerations on lost causes.Naturally, I will restrict mysel to
 good 
lost causes. Some causes that lose are plainly evil, andsimply ought to lose. It would not surprise me i some wouldgive a romantic interpretation to the “lost cause” o Nazism, orinstance, or o Mussolini’s neo-pagan vision o Italy, or, or thatmatter, o the “good old days” o Druid England, all o whichought to remain in obscurity.For my present purposes, I shall dene a “lost cause” as acause that, in some manner, promotes the true, the good, andthe beautiul in society, but which has been deeated militarily (by conquest), politically (by governmental coercion), or popu-larly (in the minds o the majority o men). Tis deeat may beeither permanent or only temporary. Note that this denition will embrace Catholic causes, and even natural-law causes, suchas the pro-lie movement.Te nobility o a genuine lost cause sets it apart rom thethings we tend to ght wars or nowadays.Modern war is prosecuted principally orthe purposes o enriching oligarchs (onMideast oil, Arican mineral wealth, etc.),or empowering unjust regimes that per-secute the deenseless. When some veneero nobility must be layered over thesemilitary exploits, the undened abstrac-tion “reedom” is generally the most use-ul. We Americans, or instance, attemptto inict our way o lie upon weakernations in the name o “reedom” and“democracy,” even while that way o lie isevolving in generally the same directionas B.H. Obama’s thinking about mar-riage. Hence, our government is presently using your tax money to coerce Aricanand Asian nations to embrace abortionand homosexual “rights.”In considering lost causes, I am mind-ul o what J.R.R. olkien said o the“long deeat.” Te two concepts are related.“I am a Christian, and indeed a RomanCatholic,” wrote olkien to a riend, “sothat I do not expect ‘history’ to be any-thing but a ‘long deeat’ — though it con-tains (and in a legend may contain moreclearly and movingly) some samples orglimpses o nal victory.
Br. Andre Marié, M.I.C.M.,Prior
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 A Papal Zouave, one of Bl. Pius IX’s foreign legion
 As Americans, we love a winner. Wemay also love the underdog, but welove him as a winner.
 
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• The Report of the Crusade of Saint Benedict Center •
July/August 2012
In the legends that he crated in his Middle-Earth lore,olkien put some o those words on the graceul lips o Lady Galadriel, the wie o Celeborn, Lord o the “ree People” (Gal-adrim):“For the Lord o the Galadrim is accounted the wisest o theElves o Middle-earth, and a giver o gits beyond the power o kings. He has dwelt in the West since the days o dawn, and Ihave dwelt with him years uncounted; or ere the all o Nargo-thrond or Gondolin I passed over the mountains,
and together through ages o the world we have ought the long deeat.” 
Te Elves had the advantage (or disadvantage) o a very longlie, due to which they had witnessed olly ater olly, deeatater deeat. (Tey could observe men somewhat like we canobserve ruit ies.) Indeed, the victory in the
Return o the King 
 is part o a very long history, beginning with
Te Silmarillion
,that is rie with tragedy, treachery, and doom. Tis is why thereis a tinge o sadness in these mythical beings endowed with such wisdom. But note that in olkien’s own non-ctional words, hesees “some samples or glimpses o nal victory” occasionally interrupting the “long deeat.” Te genuine lost cause o which we speak may appear to most observers as a casualty in the longdeeat o history, but the cause itsel, inasmuch as it is the causeo the true, the good, and the beautiul, will be part o that “-nal victory.” What’s more, occasionally the deenders o a lostcause actually score a win. When they do, it is in act a glimpseo the nal victory.But, or the generality o worthy lost causes, the nal vic-tory — as in “in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph”— will be their only success worthy o the name. For, given theinuence wielded by the Prince o Tis World in the halls o power, the norm or this allen world is expressed in the stark  words o Brother Francis’ poem, “Te Invisible Empire”: Whatever you are we can take you and make you, And while you play ball we need not orsake you.But i you stand or Jesusor battle or Mary, We quickly will break youand shall not tarry.Besides the Zouaves and the Carlistas, already mentioned, we can count among the Catholic lost causes that o the Cris-teros, the French Legitimists, the Jacobites o Britain, Scotland,and Ireland, Blessed Emperor Karl and the Austrian HapsburgEmpire, Catholic monarchy in general; more importantly, theapostolic causes o Catholic England (which were gloriously “lost” by such notables as Saint Edmund Campion, Saint Tom-as More, and Saint John Fisher), the cause o a Catholic Ameri-ca, and — lest we orget — the Crusades. Te pro-lie cause inthis nation is worthy o the name “lost,” and it appears that thecause or heterosexual marriage soon will be, too — God helpus!I promised to give some reasons why we should love lostcauses. Here are a ew:
• Every martyr, inasmuch as he was killed, bore testimony 
to a lost cause. (Review our denition o lost causes to see howthis does not contradict the promises we have o the Church’sultimate victory.)
• Lost causes make for heroes, even if they are often “tragic”
ones.
• By them, we can show God that we are not fair-weather
riends, and we can practice such dicult Christian virtues ashumility, meekness, and patience. Tus, i we are supernaturally dedicated to these causes, they are powerully sanctiying.
• Tey remind the world of true Christian standards and un
-popular Catholic — or even natural-law — truths.
• Te devotees of these causes are often on the forefront of 
other eforts to secure the common good — like the Carlists who ought with Franco’s Falangists. Sometimes, as in the Span-ish Civil War, they win.
• When the tide changes — perhaps generations later — the
loyal paladins o the lost cause will be there.
• Even while their ideas are rejected by the vast majority,
those who advocate or such causes can live their ideals in theirhomes, their amilies, their communities. In doing so, they canbe a orce or good.
• Lost causes can be, and often are, a literal fulllment of 
Our Lord’s words rom the Gospel: “In the world you will havedistress, but have condence, I have overcome the world” (John16:33).
Email Brother André Marie at bam@catholicism.org.
Blessed Emperor Karl von Hapsburg 

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